A two-year, full-time program, the Master of Arts in Forensic Psychology is designed to prepare students to provide assessment and treatment services in a forensic setting as a master’s-level mental health counselor or further training at the doctoral level. Students will be trained in diagnosis, the assessment of risk and treatment needs, psychological testing, individual and group treatment, risk management and reduction, and research methodology.
Internships and practica are available at a variety of forensic sites. Practicum sites include adult correctional centers and programs, juvenile detention and treatment programs, court clinics, treatment programs for sexually dangerous/violent persons, forensic services within psychiatric hospitals, and community mental health centers and programs. Research-based internships are also available.
The Master of Arts in Forensic Psychology curriculum is arranged in two tracks:
The nine-course core sequence provides students with the breadth and depth needed in the theoretical foundation, evidence-based practice skills and research abilities necessary to become effective master’s-level forensic mental health practitioners. Students then select four electives from various areas within Forensic Psychology. Finally, students take six credits of Thesis or Practicum according to their track, for a minimum of 45 credits.
The Master of Arts in Forensic Psychology seeks to:
Applying to the Master of Arts in Forensic Psychology Program
Applicants should have an undergraduate degree in Psychology, Criminal Justice, or related field, and must have satisfactorily completed undergraduate courses in Statistics and Research Methods. To apply, students must submit the following items to the Office of Graduate Admission:
Applications are accepted for Fall start only; the application deadline is March 15th.
Requirements for the Master of Arts in Forensic Psychology Program
(All courses are three credits unless otherwise indicated)
A. Required Courses: 27 credits
|PSYCH||502||Quantitative Methods I|
|PSYCH||504||Psychology and the Law|
|PSYCH||505||Introduction to Clinical Assessment: Objective Tests|
|PSYCH||532||Diversity in Multiculturalism|
|PSYCH||550||Ethics in Professional Psychology|
An additional assessment course (choose from the following)
|PSYCH||506||Assessment in Criminal Law|
A psychopathology course (choose from the following)
|PSYCH||525||Psychology of Criminal Behavior|
B. Advanced Electives: 12 credits selected from the following:
|PSYCH||508||Forensic Report Writing|
|PSYCH||509||Methods of Psychotherapy I|
|PSYCH||510||Quantitative Methods II|
|PSYCH||511||Children, Adolescents and the Law|
|PSYCH||515||Introduction to Group Counseling|
|PSYCH||519||Methods of Psychotherapy II|
|PSYCH||530||Special Topics in Psychology|
|PSYCH||533||Law and Mental Health|
|PSYCH||534||Advanced Developmental Psychology|
|PSYCH||535||Group Dynamics: Methods and Design|
|PSYCH||540||Advanced Personality Psychology|
C. Thesis/Practicum: 6 credits selected according to the student's track:
Practicum students take: PSYCH 598: Practicum twice for total of 6 credits.
Thesis students take: PSYCH 597: Thesis twice for total of 6 credits.
Students pursuing six credits of thesis can enroll in up to six credits of practicum for elective credits
(Minimum of 45 credits)